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Mechanics Valley Covered Bridge

Cecil MD-07-12x Northeast Creek Unk Unk Unk 1832 1887
The December 1964 Issue of Portals, a publication of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania listed the Mechanics Valley Bridge as an 1832 structure crossing Northeast Creek, built by Samuel J. England. Technically, the area is known as Mechanic Valley, but in the 1800s it was often referred to as Mechanics Valley.
A heavy rainstorm hit Cecil County on July 21, 1887 causing extreme damage to many roads, highway bridges and railroads. From the Baltimore Sun on July 22, 1887:
One of the heaviest rainstorms that has visited Cecil County for years fell yesterday. Several valuable bridges were washed away and the county roads greatly damaged. The large covered bridge over the Northeast Creek at Mechanics Valley was washed away about one o'clock. It was very old, and it is said [that it] had been standing for sixty years.
The Appeal confirmed the loss of Mechanics Valley Bridge in an article on July 27, 1887 as did the Cecil Whig on July 23rd.
On September 2, 1887 the Cecil County Commissioners opened contracts for building an iron bridge to replace the covered bridge.

UPDATED: 06/28/2010, for additional information about the loss of the bridge in the 1887 flood.

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